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Virginia Beach Dance Challenge

Professionals, Students and Guests

Welcome to Virginia Beach!  Enjoy a great weekend of workshops, dance parties and of course the annual Virginia Beach Dance Challenge- the premier Ballroom Dance Competition in Hampton Roads.

Bob Orsini, Competition Organizer


VBDC 2024

2024 Officials

Your VBDC 2024 Officials

Dan Calloway (Adjudicator)
Rick Zilonka (Adjudicator)
Patricia Penebianco (Adjudicator)
Jack Carpenter (Master of Ceremonies)
Deborah (Registrar/Scrutineer)

Alan Hedgpeth (Music Director)


Pro Page

Studio owners and professional ballroom instructors.

This is your password protected webpage. You can download the full competition packet, forms, fee schedule, etc. Studio owners and professional teachers contact us for password.


Schedule of events

All your VBDC events can be found here. view details of workshops, welcome party, competition day, coaching, after party, etc.

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Music Director

Alan Hedgpeth

Alan Hedgpeth was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a member of National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and has earned the Fellowship “With Honors” with the North American Dancesport Teachers Association (NADTA). He has been a professional ballroom dance instructor for thirty-two years. He is registered with the NDCA. as a Pro-Am Instructor, Master of Ceremonies, Music Director, Competing Professional and Competition Adjudicator.


He is the owner of the “A Step Above” Ballroom Dance Studio in Virginia Beach VA. He is currently teaching both private and group classes in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Richmond, Suffolk, Williamsburg, Vienna and Roanoke, Virginia. He is also coaching in Daytona Beach, Florida, Rocky Mount and Tarboro NC. 

Workshops & Coaching

With Dan Calloway and Patti Panebianco

We will hold two great student workshops Friday before the welcome party. New this year, we are also offering two pro workshops for professional instructors competing in the VBDC. 

After the competition Patti Panebianco will be available for coaching on Monday and Tuesday.  See your instructor and schedule your price coaching.



Dance Apparel

We Design USA


Timeline Media


A Step Above

The Studio


The Virginia Beach Dance Challenge is held at the DanceSportVA studio. In this 8,000 square foot facility would will have men's and women's dressing rooms, practice and warm up floor in the dance club and the competition in the main ballroom.


Exceptional Achievement

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

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